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Diversity in the Workplace Conference

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Diversity in the Workplace Conference

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 (9:00 AM - 5:30 PM) (EDT)


St. John Fisher University will host a one-day conference to explore how different sectors foster and promote diversity in the workplace.

The day will begin with a CEO Fireside Chat featuring Dr. Seanelle Hawkins ’13 (Ed.D.), chief executive officer of Urban League of Rochester, and Dr. Joyce Jacobson, immediate past president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Moderated by Tashanda Thomas ’11, chief human resources officer at WXXI, the conversation will explore how each leader has developed DEI within their own organizations.

The conference includes three tracks featuring expert panelists from three sectors. The education track panelists are Dr. Joellen Maples, dean of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education at Fisher; Dr. Kevin McGowan, superintendent of Brighton Central School District; and Dr. Allison Rioux ’03, ’05 (M.S.), assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Brighton. The health and human services and non-profit sector track will be led by Dr. Linda Clark, chief medical officer at Common Ground Health, and Miguel Meléndez, Jr. ’08, chief community engagement officer at the Ibero American Action League and president of the Rochester City Council. The corporate sector sessions will be led by Stephanie Pennington, corporate diversity manager for LeChase Construction, and Carlos Butler-Vale, chief diversity officer for Constellation Brands. 

At 1 p.m., a luncheon will feature a performance by Panloco Steel Drum Band. Washington said that the afternoon sessions will follow an “unconference” format, allowing participants the opportunity to share their experiences at their own organizations. Discussions will be moderated by the morning’s panelists. The day will conclude with networking during a cocktail reception.


Online registration is now open; tickets purchased before Saturday, Oct. 1 are $40; $50 thereafter.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 (9:00 AM - 5:30 PM) (EDT)

The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

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